The Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series
An Inspirational Evening with John Bul Dau

Artists for Human rights hosted an inspirational evening with John Bul Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and a survivor of a genocide that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
JOHN BUL DAU - John Dau Foundation

John Bul Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, is a survivor of a 14-year journey from his home village in Kuk County, Sudan in 1987 to his arrival in Syracuse, New York in 2001, having fled a genocide in 1987 that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions. In 2006, he was featured in the award-winning documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, and, with Michael Sweeney, wrote a memoir of the same title published by National Geographic in 2007. John is the founder of four non-profit foundations that are working to bring peace and prosperity to troubled Sudan - the John Dau Foundation, the Sudanese Lost Boys Foundation of New York, the American Care for Sudan Foundation, and the South Sudan Institute.
Artists for Human Rights John Dau


Filmmaker Christopher Quinn observes the ordeal of three Sudanese refugees -- Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abul Pach and Panther Bior -- as they try to come to terms with the horrors they experienced in their homeland, while adjusting to their new lives in the United States.


"Lost Boy" John Bul Dau’s harrowing experience surviving the brutal horrors of Sudanese civil war and his adjustment to life in modern America is chronicled in this inspiring memoir and featured in an award-winning documentary film of the same name. Movingly written, the book traces Dau’s journey through hunger, exhaustion, terror, and violence as he fled his homeland, dodging ambushes, massacres and attacks by wild animals. His tortuous, 14-year journey began in 1987, when he was just 13, and took him on a 1,000-mile walk, barefoot, to Ethiopia, back to Sudan, then to a refugee camp in Kenya, where he lived with thousands of other Lost Boys. In 2001, at the age of 27, he immigrated to the United States. With touching humor, Dau recounts the shock of his tribal culture colliding with life in America. He shares the joy of reuniting with his family and the challenges of making a new life for himself while never forgetting the other Lost Boys he left behind.


Anne Archer interviews John Dau at an Artists for Human Rights
Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series and discusses his Journey.
Artists for Human Rights John Dau
Artists for Human Rights John Dau

The John Dau Foundation is fulfilling the dream of the former Lost Boy and genocide survivor John Dau to provide healthcare in the war-torn region of South Sudan by building and sustaining medical clinics and training community health workers. Currently the John Dau Foundation also administers nutrition programs in several villages in Duk County, where they conduct nutritional screenings and food programs that specifically target children and pregnant/lactating women.

Excerpt from National Geographic:

“He joined thousands of boys, now known as the "Lost Boys of Sudan," who were crossing sub-Saharan Africa on foot—pursued by armed soldiers, wild animals, starvation, dehydration, and disease. "We chewed tall grasses and ate mud to stay alive," Dau remembers. "I was barefoot and wearing no clothes; at night the desert was so cold. We thought about our parents all the time."

As one of the older boys, Dau led and cared for younger children. More than half of them died. The survivors found temporary relief in an Ethiopian refugee camp, but when the government was overthrown, they fled across the Gilo River back to Sudan. "Rebels were shooting at us, so we had to dive into water infested with crocodiles," Dau recounts. "Thousands of boys were eaten, drowned, shot, or captured.

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